Top 10 stories that were breaking news headlines today – 6th April 2018
1. Former Korean President Park Geun-hye sentenced to 24 years in prison
2018/04/06 15:55 SEOUL, April 6 (Yonhap) — Former President Park Geun-hye was sentenced to 24 years in prison and 18 billion won in fine on Friday in a massive corruption scandal that toppled her from power early last year.
2. Facebook – Two Billion Users Compromised by ‘Malicious Actors’
Not 50 Million, Not 87 Million… Facebook Admits Data From ‘Most’ of Its 2 Billion Users Compromised by ‘Malicious Actors’
Buried in Facebook’s announcement that Cambridge Analytica had improperly gathered data from up to 87 million users-rather than the previously reported 50 million-was the stunning admission that “malicious actors” exploited the social networking site’s search features to collection information from “most” of its 2 billion users.
3. Palestine footballer Mohammed Khalil shot by Israeli sniper
A Palestinian football player filmed the moment he appears to get shot in the knee, destroying the joint and his career. Mohammed Khalil, who played for a football club in the Gaza Strip, was apparently shot by an Israeli soldier as he protested near the border last week.
4. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) prohibits from dealing with Bitcoin and other virtual currencies
MUMBAI: The Reserve Bank of India ( RBI) on Thursday barred banks and financial institutions from dealing with virtual currencies including Bitcoins and said that it was time and again warning users of virtual currencies regarding the risks associated with it.
5.Britain’s sugar tax on soft drinks in effect from today
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s sugar tax on soft drinks came into effect on Friday, a move that will lead to some higher prices as the country seeks to battle childhood obesity.
6. Lebanon wins pledges of loans and grants which exceeds $10 billion at a Paris conference
PARIS (Reuters) – France said on Friday it would provide Lebanon 550 million euros ($672 million) to support economic reforms in a country struggling from the impact of the war in neighboring Syria. International donors are looking to hold Lebanon to promises of badly needed reforms at a Paris conference on Friday where the Beirut government hopes to win support for a $16 billion capital investment plan.
7.Iceland In A Proposision To Ban On The Use Of Petroleum In The Arctic
Alongside eight other countries, Iceland has recently filed a proposal to the International Maritime Organisation to ban the use of heavy fuel in the Arctic region, RÚV reports. The decision comes after an intense battle led by various environmental organisations, including the Environment Agency of Iceland, to pressure the government to tighten laws regulating the use of heavy fuel in the oceans.
8. Hervé Falciani, the HSBC whistle-blower is now facing extradition to Switzerland
Hervé Falciani, the whistleblower who exposed wrongdoing at HSBC’s Swiss private bank, is facing extradition from Spain to Switzerland after he was arrested in Madrid this week. Falciani, an IT specialist, fled from Switzerland to France in 2008 with a list of 130,000 names of organisations and individuals who were using the Swiss banking system to launder money and evade taxes.
9. Hawaii legalizes medically assisted suicide
HONOLULU (AP) – Hawaii became the latest liberal-leaning state to legalize medically assisted suicide Thursday as the governor signed a measure into law allowing doctors to fulfill requests from terminally ill patients to prescribe life-ending medication. “It is time for terminally ill, mentally competent Hawaii residents who are suffering to make their own end-of-life choices with dignity, grace and peace,” Gov.
10. Martijn N., a Dutch terror suspects gets higher sentence on appeal
Read more at DutchNews.nl: Dutch terror suspects gets higher sentence on appeal http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2018/04/dutch-terror-suspects-gets-higher-sentence-on-appeal/
A Dutch terror suspect who twice failed to enter Syria has been given a higher jail sentence on appeal, reports RTL Nieuws. The 24-year-old man from The Hague, known as Martijn N., has been sentenced to 40 months’ imprisonment for preparing terrorist crimes and trying to participate in a terrorist organisation.